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King Tutankhamen The Mysterious Pharaoh of EgyptKing Tutankhamen was not an important pharaoh or a successful oneHowever he is the most famous pharaoh thanks to the incredible and exciting discoveryof his tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922 1 The young pharaohs tombmay not have been the biggest most elaborate tomb but he and his family had at theircommand the wealth of the greatest period of Egyptian history 2 King Tutankhamensfame today is due to his tomb and what was found in it It was the only Egyptian tomb ofa pharaoh with most of its contents intact found in history 3 King Tutankhamen was born over 3000 years ago No exact date is known 4 Tutankhamen was believed to be born in Malkata a place in Southern Egypt 5 To thisday the true parentage of Tutankhamen is unknown 6 Most historians believe thatTutankhamen is the son of the old pharaoh Amenhotep III and his chief wife QueenTiye7 Because his parentage remains a mystery it is very possible that he could even bethe blood of a common towns person 8 King Tutankhamen only nine years old wascrowned as pharaoh in 1336 BC in Memphis 9 He was still a child when he was pharaohand thus King Tut still carried out normal childhood events while he was pharaoh KingTutankhamen began school at four years of age as did other well-born Egyptian children He learned to read and write King Tutankhamen was a very good writer and a greatquantity of scribal equipment was found placed in his tomb 10 He was a good pupil andgraduated with honors 11 As a pharaoh King Tutankhamen had a great diet Thecontents of his tomb reflected a diet of breads and cakes made of barley and wheatseasoned with spices and sweetened with honey Dates figs grapes almonds and fruitof palm were considered desserts He possibly could have snacked on watermelon seedseleven baskets were found when his tomb was excavated he
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